September 27, 2008

Chiiiii


Pretty good location to watch from :)

Rierie is one of the earliest seiyuu I ever liked before I became a Momoist - in fact probably the first one. To this day, I never outgrew my initial Rie fandom, so when I was able to see her perform live today it was an incredible rush. When she sang "Let me be with you," or when she spoke to the audience as Chii and did her signature '~chiiiiii' my inner Chobits fanaticism (shamefully buried away since 2003) manifested itself and I started waving my glowstick like a maniac. Rie doesn't have too many songs so it is difficult to judge her singing ability, but she does have a few (one?) good albums and she is decent live (on key, loud enough, and very stable). Of course she also cosplayed, though I'm not sure as what. Overall I am very satisfied, though it is my opinion that Rie needs MORE SONGS MORE LIVE. It would have been better if it lasted more than 20 minutes, but just seeing even that was enough for me.

The biggest complaint I have is with the location of NYAF itself. If Javitz Center is someone's first experience to NYC, I can understand them having a terrible impression of the city. The area around it looks like a third world country with torn down buildings, empty parking lots, crumbling bridges, graffiti everywhere, and a certain section on 38th street that inexplicably smells...'farmlike'. I hope she can enjoy Times Square and some of our more famous nicer areas without that part of Manhattan leaving a sour taste in her mouth.

Now to get some rest so I can camp out tomorrow for autographs.

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September 25, 2008

Thunder Shot Mk. II

I finally found some time to build this thing. Of course I didn't plan far ahead enough to think of buying a Tamiya track so the car is basically unusable. it looks nice though and the box pictures are pretty much worth the purchase alone.


This is a great picture and I wish they made posters of these. Maybe I'll blow up one to use for myself.


My plan for immediate gratification ruined as "some assembly required." The included postcard is very cute though and makes me want to buy another one of these.


I suck at models though, so the simple task of applying enamel somehow turned into a terrible ordeal involving scalpels, staples, vast quantities of paint thinner, and a mess that would make my middle school art teacher stick pencils in her arteries. Don't even get me started on the grease. On the bright side my digestive organs probably experience less abrasive friction now given the amount accidentally ingested.


Finished product. Racer Momoi will beat all comers!

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September 20, 2008

What a week

I think I may have worked more in the last two weeks than the entire year. Coming back from Japan, I was still in Momoist mode and posting all those famous Momoi locations. Monday morning, I hear Fannie and Freddie both got put into conservatorship the week before and my jaw dropped.

But last week. LAST WEEK was when it truly hit: 150+ year old Lehman Brothers declaring bankrupcty, Merrill's completely out of nowhere sale to BofA, AIG collapsing and almost taking the entire CDS market with it prior to the financial industry calling the Fed's bluff and forcing it into a bailout, the oldest MONEY MARKET fund breaking the buck thanks to Lehman IOUs...it's funny that the only safe investments left are triple A rated commercial paper and T-bills. Treasury yields are so close to zero right now mattress stuffing actually seems like a good idea too. I watched even Goldman, which last year used to headline articles as the polar opposite of Bear in terms of responding to the liquidity crunch drop 30% in a day and threaten to go private. I watched Morgan Stanley sink even faster and WaMu desperately looking for buyers. Redemptions out the wazoo..credit events chained up like fighting combos - it's only a matter of time before some disgruntled war veteran who lost his pension starts remembering "that time when he served as a sniper in Vietnam". Then maybe MSNBC can actually use "panic and blood on the streets" literally and Jim Cramer might accidentally throw out his hyperboles, pause a bit, and explode once he realizes it's actually true. At this point even the guy in the bagel cart I visit on the street corner every morning is going "Hey buddy you guys doing ok?" Well no, not really. Just Lehman going bust on Monday -> "Oh shit are we going to get anything for Lehman Aggregate what the fuck do we do now? CALL THE VENDORS" followed by lots of zoo animal braying, slide whistles, and clown sound effects. Thank heavens for Barclays.

Next week looks like it could have a few land mines left. It will be interesting to see what we'll have to deal with next. Meanwhile, here's Potemayo wearing a piece of history.

150 years

And there is still Momoi stuff I need to post...priorities, priorities.

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September 7, 2008

Momoi pilgrimage site: Akihabara


Tora no ana main store: topic in Momoi's Koko da yo, Enter, and other songs. Frequently has Momoi promotions in the display wiinow, although during the time we went, the current feature was Sakakibara Yui.


Hourin Park: Location of the playground structure Momoi posed on for the cover of the special edition Yume no baton.

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September 3, 2008

Momoi pilgrimage site: Inokashira Park


Visited the huge Inokashira park in Kichijoji the other day.


Exhibit A: Lake that Momoi and her horse companion rowed on.
http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/ax1513319


Exhibit B: The bridge from the infamous recorder scene.
http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/ax1651925


There was a big shrine in the park so a charm had to be made. Hmm can you guess which one?

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September 2, 2008

Some photos taken over Animelo weekend


Ikebukuro. This will be home for the duration of the trip to Japan.


There is lots to see and do. But since this is a Momoist/otaku blog, let's just skip all the other touristy stuff I did and get to the substance...


animate! 9 floors of stuff. Took a good 4-5 hours to look through it all.


k-books (lots of good used stuff and comiket items)


Only bought a few things...spent conservatively since if I want to waste money on things that should never see the light of day, there was still all of Akihabara and Nakano Broadway.


Spotted while heading toward Animelo on 8/30.


Was so excited to be walking toward Saitama Super Arena


The Arena.


Merchandise tables. Combo sets and wristbands were sold out unfortunately by the time I got there. Picked up 2 shirts, towels, and pamphlet.


Outside map. Momoists set up camp in the marked area the next day.


Crowd began to swell as time got closer.


Had a blast at the concert. Jaw dropped when trying to find the number marked on the ticket and then the realization they were direct stage-side seats. Damn this thing was long. A great time was had, but I learned my lesson this time. 2 ultra oranges, 2 pinks, and 2 neon sticks is NOT ENOUGH. Wanted to UO on so many good acts but blew my entire stash right out the door with Yukari.


Goods obtained from the concert. Managed to catch a streamer that got shot out of the cannon during the encore. Since the thing was right next to me, when it went off I thought something exploded and nearly ducked for cover.

8/31

Posing with another Momoist.


Huge group of Momoists hanging out in the lower food court while waiting for seating to open. It was the same reliable group that has been to every concert I've ever seen so far. They came from all over. Some big trips to see Momoi include travellers from Osaka, Aomori (8 hrs by train), and even Korea.


T-shirt present for Momoi. Everybody included their own personal message. Takayama Saki (actress of Momoi from Haruko Update) was also attending Animelo to support Momoi and showed up to sign the shirt and say hello to Momoists.


These seats were actually pretty good and you could get a clear view of the performers as well as the entire arena. The "not as lucky" comparison is only relative to day 1, but otherwise it was awesome.


Lesson learned from day 1: stock glowsticks!!! Used up 15 ultra oranges, 6 ultra pinks, 2 ultra greens, 4 red and blue glowing bracelets, and fully drained 6 AAA batteries for neon red and neon blue light sticks.


Picked up 2 MOSAIC.WAV shirts along the way.

Still in Japan right now this is concise to save time. If you want to see parts of day 2 including Momoi you can probably find some recorded segments on Nico or Youtube although I won't bother posting the links since they will be constantly deleted/reuploaded. Also consider visiting seiyuu3 for a more detailed description of other artist acts.

Visited Akiba and a few other famous Momoi spots and specific stores/buildings thanks to a local fan who took a full day off to play ad-hoc tour guide. Maybe will visit more Momoists in Kyoto and we have a Suara concert to go see on Saturday. Let's see how it goes.

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